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Martian Moons Transit the Sun

by NASA

Published 6/9/2008


The upper-left of these images shows the passing, or transit, of the Martian moon Deimos across the sun. This event is similar to solar eclipses seen from Earth in which our moon crosses in front of the sun. The bottom three images show Phobos, Mars's other moon, transiting the sun. The potato-shaped Phobos is roughly 15 miles across, about twice the size of Deimos. Deimos appears so much smaller because it is also a bit more than twice as far away from Mars as Phobos is. The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity took images of both moons on different days in March 2004. Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell


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Creator NASA
Source http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/eclipse/EclipseImg_080530_MarsLunar.html
Date 6/9/2008
Year 2008
Rights Public Domain
What Moon
What Sun
What Earth
What Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
What Opportunity
Identifier 233565main_marseclipses_HI_full
Addeddate 2009-08-20 00:11:51
Publicdate 2009-08-20 00:19:49

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